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A story that questions a society and the motivations of the leaders who allow secrecy to prevail in its system of Capital Punishment.

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With Arizona conducting the latest in a trend of botched executions, the idea behind "The Profiler" is more relevant than ever.  As the saying goes, a society can be judged by how it treats its weakest members and while, convicted murderers are not the weakest in American society, how we treat them still reflect upon us as a Nation.  For that matter, how we treat all convicts is very telling about our country.  With that in mind, we hope to draw conclusions about one possible future we might face in this film.  Given how adamant some State's are to execute people regardless of whether or not the execution can be performed in a humane manner, it is Chris' belief that Americans face a greater threat from within than without our borders.

Set in the near future, "The Profiler" documents the rise  to prominence of the infamous Doctor Phillip McCleod.  A self aware serial killer who's found a way to fulfill his murderous desires while providing a perceived valuable service to law enforcement.  In his dark quest to satiate his blood lust, the Doctor has figured out a way to get society to, not only accept his demented passion, but to celebrate it and the suffering it creates.

Ultimately, the hope is that this story will open up the eyes and minds of the citizens to the dark path upon which we currently travel.  In the telling of this black tale, Chris also hopes to shine light on the problems that Capital punishment creates for the victims specifically and society in general, especially when leaders seek to hide facts from the public.

In order to get this award winning short story turned into the first in the trilogy that "The Profiler" represents, my partner and I need funding. Though we can shoot on a lower budget, Kundan and I hope to raise enough money to give this topic the treatment that it deserves.  Having a convict gasping for air for almost 2 hours just does NOT seemed very civilized.

The $40,000 we are requesting will help us promote the short teaser that we have created through film festivals and websites that host Independent films.  The money will also go towards shooting the feature length version of "The Profiler" by paying the cast and crew for their efforts.  Finally, your backing will go towards producing props, scenery and equipment that will make the film shine and garner the attention it deserves.  We not only hope to bring awareness to this troubling issue, but hope to entertain as well.

Day 2 of production
Day 2 of production
Determination and Ingenuity
Determination and Ingenuity
Setting the Mood
Setting the Mood
Thomas Edwards
Thomas Edwards
The Crew
The Crew
Motley Crew
Motley Crew
DIY
DIY
Rehearsal
Rehearsal

Risks and challenges

Now, being an international collaboration, both Kundan and myself have faced the setbacks that are inevitably going to occur: Actors who have other projects that take priority over our project. This would be resolved by paying them for their talents.
Another issue faced was keeping all participants motivated during the entire process. The answer here is communication: Both communicating each others needs, as well as the needs of the actors and the crew and communicating our passion for this project. At some point during the production, the question "what set my story apart from shows such as Dextor" was raised. My response was that my lead character is not simply a serial killer lurking in the shadows or some hapless killer incarcerated for his or her crimes. The Doctor is a genius who has convinced society that he should be allowed to torture and kill in plain sight under the pretext of advancing the science of Profiling.
Ultimately, instilling the passion I have for the project is paramount and having worked on the short together, I believe that we will have this in abundance.

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